I learned this particular piece of history from this article:
"It's the five-year time scale that I'm really scared about." History has demonstrated that the fear of a coming oil shortage, justified or not, can be a powerful determinant of events. U.S. oil experts predicted a "gasoline famine" just after World War I, prompting Britain to combine three former provinces of the Ottoman Empire into a new, oil-rich country that was to remain friendly to England.
It was named Iraq."
.....I knew Churchill divided up the Mideast but I didn't know the reasoning behind how it was done. Fascinating. You can tell I haven't read alot about history, can't you!? lol